Currently the youngest addition to the Modernity (MDRNTY) Events resident artists, Giorgio Maulini has a promising and bright future ahead. Originally Born in 1989 in Caracas, Venezuela he left for Spain (Malaga) when he was 16 years old, bringing with him his love of Latin rhythms, percussion and soul.
Ahead of MDRNTY Events upcoming Caprices Festival in Switzerland, we sat down with Giorgio to discuss his future and get a feel for the impending action on the Swiss slopes.
Giorgio, for those who may not have come across your names before – tell us a bit about yourself and how you got involved in Swiss nightlife.
I am originally from Caracas, Venezuela. Lived there for 16 years and due to the political situation that the country was suffering we were forced to move to another country. Me and my family landed in Málaga, located in the south of Spain where I did school and university. A few years later I decided to move to Switzerland for a summer working as a sport coach (at that time I was already making some music and doing small gigs in local bars at Crans-Montana and back home in Spain). I liked it so much up here in the Swiss Alps that I stayed for the winter season to work as a Ski Instructor and fell in love with this ski resort.
Little by little I started playing in more bars and clubs while refining my music taste and my own sound, organizing my own parties in other towns and meeting more people in the industry.
One year later I started to play a bit more often in bigger parties in Lausanne, Geneva, Bern and started receiving some international bookings too.
Every year there was a constant evolution in comparison with the previous years. I guess researching a lot for my sound and different music, a lot of work and dedication, the fact of playing records & a good sense of personal relations made me move a bit faster in what Swiss Nightlife concerns.
Caprices must be one of the most impressive location’s a festival is held. Particularly now with the rise of social media and video content, it brings the eyes of the electronic music world on to Switzerland each year. Aside from Caprices, what’s going on in Switzerland currently?
Well Swiss nightlife has always been very active and there has always been a good rave culture here. Nowadays, the number of events that happen in one weekend in between Lausanne, Geneva and Zurich is quite big so I think we are very fortunate. It is a scene that is continuously growing and where very interesting events happen. These cities I mentioned above have had a growing number of new parties and clubs that are shaping and pushing for new styles inside the underground electronic music scene.
It’s true, it may not be seen the same as Berlin or Amsterdam, but I see it as an advantage because swiss cities offer also alternative activities than clubbing and makes a healthy system, not just saturated with nightlife. For example, combining winter sports with great parties on weekends is something Berlin or Amsterdam can’t offer and is an excellent plan.
Lausanne & Zurich are for me the two references at the moment in the Swiss scene, promoters such as Attitude Nocturne, Sunday Breakfast, Round the Corner, WAD, Under the Tree, Fantastic Friends, to name a few have always super line ups and lot of things going on.
What is the local DJ/producer scene like where you are? Is it a close community? Who is making waves, and who should our readers look out for?
Crans-Montana is a small village so there is not much going on here apart from the events we organize with Underground Town my label and obviously Caprices and MDRNTY. But if we talk about the whole region Valais is one of the most restricted states in Switzerland in what nightlife concerns. There are always some events, but nothing compared to Lausanne or Geneva. I would check out some of the young guys in Lausanne doing some really cool parties like Mojonnet, La Recré and other collectives that are super motivated and doing something different.
You run the label/party Underground Town. Can you tell us about the concept behind Underground Town?
Underground Town was born as Event Agency here in the Swiss Alps where we wanted to showcase and bring specific artists to maintain a closed line music inside the minimal/house genre. Shortly after we founded the agency, we started doing some events in Spain and Berlin and managed to get do one event each 2 months at Folkor Club.
Today we are at our 4th year of events and the 1st year of our vinyl only label where we only release artists that have strictly played at our events or that are about to play in a near future.
We want people to discover artists that are emerging and leave a legacy of records from each artists that shared some time with us and we got to know a bit better.
Our first concern is to give quality music from enthusiastic and very talented artists that are building their own paths in this scene.
Caprices must bring challenges for the MDRNTY event management and production teams. To date, what’s been the biggest challenge for you with Underground Town?
We have had many situations that have been difficult to manage because we operate in a tight budget, but I think that the biggest challenge for Underground Town is about to come…
We are organizing a series of events in the South of Spain for this Summer for about 2000/3000 people capacity. Our biggest to date, so as you can imagine there are a lot of things to plan and take care of. In 2019 we are planning to release a sublabel but instead of doing Various Artists as we do in Underground Town, we would release single EP’s from the same artists.
What are the plans for Underground Town in 2019 and beyond and what are you most looking forward to?
The idea is to keep on growing as a record label and event management company offering quality artists and acts, always from the underground music scene. Sometimes these artists are already established in the scene but our goal in 90% of our events is to showcase growing talents and producers that are doing an amazing job, but remain unknown.
I am very excited about what’s coming in the future for my career as a DJ and producer and more motivated than ever to keep on working and pushing towards that direction.
I am also super grateful to be part of this MDRNTY Team and for giving me all this support and believing on my music and me as a person. We form part of a family and something I am looking forward to is to keep on paddling with them for the new adventures to come and for a wonderful project that I am cooking with my partner James Mc Hale. 2019 will be a great year indeed.
What can the people expect to hear you playing at Caprices?
I am very loyal to my own style. I think they can expect a very groovy set with atmospheric sounds and swinging hats. I like to see people smiling and having fun so that’s the energy I like project when I am playing too. I will be playing mainly in vinyl for Caprices & modernity. A lot of my friend’s new tracks and their respective label and some others that are doing a super job. Too much good music to choose from haha 😊
If you were to put 5 tracks into a playlist to whet peoples appetite for Caprices what would they be?
It’s hard to say but some records that will be in my bag for sure are:
Pijynman – RAW04
PW333 – Unknown
Ewax Black 002 – Unknown
OUVERT003 – Unknown
HOW006 – Liou
Who are you most looking forward to checking out at this year’s festival?
Edward, Margaret Dygas, Raresh, Dana Ruh, and Fabe no doubt.
You’re a MDRNTY resident. Can you tell us a bit about the progress of the collective?
MDRNTY is a group of amazing people doing incredible events in crazy locations where the nature always blends with the underground electronic music scene and sounds.
Since I went to my first MDRNTY until today. I have always seen a huge professionalism and a lot of work behind all those transparent tents, stages and line ups. Every year is a surprise and every year it turns out to be a success. Not talking only about the participation and number of guests, also about the special vibe that is characteristic in each event. It always feels like home because everyone plays an important role in this family. I am more than sure that we still have a long road ahead full of new surprises 😊
Being a resident, you must enjoy coming to Caprices each year? Aside from playing, who have you seen big performances from over the years?
Of course – going to Caprices is always a must. I have seen big part of my favourite electronic music artists like Ricardo Villalobos, Zip, Guti, SIT (who killed it last year), Djebaly, Matthew Johnson just to name a few.. But I had also the opportunity to attend to Caprices in the past and see artists like Cipress Hill, Ziggy Marley, Wu-Tang Clan, Barrington Levy, C2C, etc…
Catch Giorgio Maulini and more at Caprices Festival between 11th – 14th April in Crans Montana, Switzerland.
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